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That's great news JC. Legally on the road very soon!

Ref the wheel centering, with the possible exception of the TR7, all Triumphs with the 3.75" LCD (and indeed all others except the Acclaim) are designed to be stud centric rather than hub centric. So in theory the fit over the hub spigot doesn't matter. Indeed, the standard roto hubs have no spigot at all beyond the brake drum face.  In practice this seems to work reasonably well with the standard steel wheels but not always so well with aftermarket alloys. On my PI particularly, with KN Minator alloys I had to be careful to evenly tighten the wheel nuts as much as possible before putting any weight on the wheels or they'd run slightly off centre and cause vibrations.

So centering rings are a good idea I think. My 100+ alloys also have centre holes that are larger than the spigots, but only by about 2mm, which makes centering rings a bit difficult!

Looking forward to hearing that you are officially on the road!

Nick

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Went to the car registration administration and they accepted the TUV papers without any discussion. On the V5 the new power is written down and all the other modifications are dealt with the TUV papers.

Afterwards MoT time and again no trouble at all, so car is legally on the road for the next 2 years :banana:

:thanks: for keeping your finger crossed that the car will make it :yes:

ps : I realized that I started the restoration 10 years ago :wink:

JC

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Thank you all  :biggrin:

Did a few longer runs this week and its fairly positive now. It drives really well, engine temperature stays mostly in the middle of the gauge and the fan cools then engine well down when standing, even at temperatures above 30 degrees.

The steering rack needs to be changed as it definitely has to much play, but I have a rebuild on from Fitchetts in stock.

The brakes have a really good bite now the Mintex pads are run in, BUT I seem to have the same problem as Nick on his sons Spitfire …. the pedal goes nearly to the floor before the brakes bite!

When I push the pedal half way down one time  before I brake they are fine !!??

I also pushed the car harder on one or two occasions and I can say that the back end gets unstable when you lift of at full charge in 3rd gear up a hill in a long bend (playing with a Mercedes AMG GT :whistling:°

JC

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Worked on the brakes and changed the steering rack, much safer and better to drive now with a nice precise Triumph steering :yes:

And showed the car off at a small meeting on Sunday, the look on peoples faces when I start the engine is too good :tongue: (the Herald 12/50 badges ore now on the bootlid …)

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JC

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On 8/21/2018 at 8:31 AM, Nick Jones said:

Great looking car! Love the way it sits.

 

Yes I concur with Nick's opinion.

 

 

 

Ian.

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Thanks guys, but it actually sits to low at the front and I'm sure the handling would be better if its sits slightly higher at the front.

So my question is which rate of springs do you use on the Vitesse? I have the uprated ones from Bastuck which they sell for the Spitfire AND Vitesse ….

And yes, the noise is really nice and above 5.000 revs its ADDICTIVE :banana:

JC

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JC,

You may remember this thread.....

http://sideways-technologies.co.uk/forums/index.php?/topic/7064-front-springs-dampers/

The short answer to your question is that I'm using 350lb springs with a 10.5" free length.  Bought them from Faulkners in Chichester.

http://www.dfaulknersprings.com/

Run with Koni adjustable dampers set about two clicks up from fully soft and it's pretty much perfect for me.  Could maybe run a little harder with a saloon if you wanted to.

Nick

 

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Springs fitted to the car and the handling is transformed !

The car shakes less and is well equilibrated front to rear. Also corners MUCH better then before.

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I also fitted the LED driving lights and they help a lot to be seen AND be respected by other road users. And drilled holes in the wings to fit mirrors, which make the car a lot safer. Especially if you want to overtake :yes:

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Luckily our old cars are very narrow otherwise it would be extremely dangerous to drive fast on country roads nowadays. Over here you find more and more people driving in the middle of the road :ohmy:

Lots of county roads have no middle line and every 5th car drives in the middle of the road, yesterday a lunatic overtook cyclists in a bend and I just managed to squeeze trough the remaining gap …..

Safe driving and be alert all the time :smile:

JC

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